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Chelsea


Chelsea


A neighbourhood in London that is known for King's Road and Carnaby Street in Soho. With its great shopping, colorful houses, and river views, Chelsea is one of the city’s most desirable area.

Riverside Chelsea has been fashionable since Tudor times when Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, lived here.

The river views attracted artists, and the arrival of the historian Thomas Carlyle and essayist Leigh Hunt in then 1830s began a literary connection. Blue plaques. On the houses of Cheyne Walk celebrate former residents such as J M W Turner and writers George Eliot, Henry James and T S Eliot.

Chelsea’s artistic tradition is maintained by its galleries and antiques shops, many of them scattered on King’s Road, which is also famous for its trendy fashion boutiques.

Founded by advertising mogul Charles Saatchi, the Saatchi Gallery hosts wide-ranging, innovative contemporary art exhibitions.

Wren’s Royal Hospital, on Royal Hospital Road, was built in 1692 as a retirement home for soldiers and still houses 400 Chelsea Pensioners, who can be spotted in their uniform of scarlet coat and tricorn hat.


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At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping
  • Address

    London, SW3.
  • Underground

    Sloane Square

"One of the city’s most desirable areas with its colorful houses and river views"

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